Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Katie Couric Explains Why She Didn't Respond To Matt Lauer's 'Pinching' Immediately

Katie Couric Slams Today for Matt Lauer's 'Completely Unacceptable' Workplace Harassment Katie Couric finally responds to former co-host Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct allegations: 'I had no idea this was
Ellis Copeland | 14 January, 2018, 12:57

She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and has been criticized for her silence in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked. There's been one person, however, who has remained largely mum about the subject: his former co-worker of 15 years, Katie Couric.

Last month, Katie Couric said she wasn't ready to talk about the numerous sexual harassment allegations against Matt Lauer, only offering an Instagram comment, of all things, to say she was "incredibly" upset at what transpired at Today. "It's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

Katie Couric recently explained why she did not immediately come forward about Matt Lauer's insensitive deed from several years ago. "Thanks for your interest". "I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I saw this was not the Matt we knew".

Lauer made a statement following the allegations, apologizing and stating "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed". "I've been doing a lot of thinking, I've been having a lot of conversations with people, and I've been doing a lot of reporting, to understand what steps can be taken to create a safer work environment for all of us".

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Couric claimed she had "no idea" about the problems. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. I guess I made [the joke] because it was, again, so contrary to the relationship I had with Matt which was respectful, and professional. "I think not everything has to be for public consumption these days", she told ET - also praised current Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for how they've handled Lauer's scandal on-air.

Couric went on to describe Lauer as a "kind and generous colleague" in her experience, and expressed admiration for how the "very hard situation" was handled by current "Today" anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

It's still very upsetting. I think companies certainly are in the midst of a lot of soul-searching and reexamining the culture that exists in their workplaces.

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